Ethics (via Latin ethica from the Ancient Greek "moral philosophy", from the adjective of "custom, habit"), a major branch of philosophy, encompasses right conduct and good life. It is significantly broader than the common conception of analyzing right and wrong. A central aspect of ethics is "the good life", the life worth living or life that is satisfying, which is held by many philosophers to be more important than moral conduct. The major problem is the discovery of the summum bonum, the greatest good. The right act can be identified as the one causing the greatest good and the immoral act as the one impeding it.
Ethics in Consumption and Fair Trade
One must wonder, regarding consumption, about the origins and the manufacture of the products. The International Division of Labour and the costs’ rationalization, when taking to extremes as part of globalization, have led to reprehensible situations as far as ethics is concerned (children work, trade of health noxious products, appalling working conditions…). We cannot deny that the act of buying comes up to a kind of support, more or less wanted and conscious, to a business firm or to an industrial sector, as well as to their production methods.
Wondering about the origins and the manufacture of one’s purchases can be in line with a humanist reasoning process, which meets nowadays to a response with the development of fair trade.
Ethics and Fair Fashion’s commitments
-Guarantee the employee a framework of good social, hygiene and equipment conditions.
-Make sure the employees feel good and safe in their workplace.
-Assist the employees when necessary.
-Give the employees a trainee and develop their skills.
-Assist the employees to the start-up of their own business if wanted.
-Optimum quality products.
-Develop high quality and original collections, fair for all.
-Be as closest as possible and willing to listen to customers.
-Keep customers updated of the events related to Fair Fashion’s life.
-Even if they are welcome - because their mom did not find any one to look after them - there is no child working at Fair Fashion.
-Denounce and be opposed to any inappropriate mercenary use of some actors.
-Every one is welcome to meet us. Fair Fashion’s factory is situated in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City and remains open to the public.
-Express our active commercial and technical support to other projects of fair trade.
-Use natural and organic products as much as possible.
-Prefer human work to any kind of automation.
-Get the employees financially and technically concerned to the results of Fair Fashion.
-Transfer all profits to the “Alliance Anti-Trafic” social project of struggle against prostitution & sexual slavery of women & children. www.allianceantitrafic.org
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“Human Beings in contact with Human Beings”
When looking at the products coming from fair trade, it is alarming to notice that many of these products are sold 8 or 9 times more expensive their real cost price in the name of ethics. Let’s take the example of a made-of-silk blouse. Whereas we make it and sell it for 15 Euros (22 USD), the same blouse would be sold at the price of 99 Euros (148 USD) by the biggest actors of fair trade. That represents 66 Euros (99 USD) of profit margin for the seller but only 5 Euros (7 USD) for the worker. Whose is this fair?
Considering many actors of fair trade, the social project going with the product is very often empty: “We transfer 1% of our turnover to such and such a movement”, “We closely work with a cooperative in such and such a country”, “Cambodian women work for us since our products come from Cambodia”… It remains that we do not know whether they are better paid or not, or better socially supervised or not… We do not know anything! Tomorrow it will be fairly enough to say “Chinese workers work for us, so it is fair”.
Fair Fashion is clearly against those kinds of practices and provides you the price details of our products. For any order, you will precisely know the sharing out of its price as well as the real contribution of your purchase without making rich people who pretend to educate you.
Fair Fashion has got in touch with most of the fair trade’s actors. The assessment is depressing. Even if many of them are really implicated in the fair trade’s ethics.
So Please be watchful and Give priority to Transparency.
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